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Eric Johnson Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 9



5.0 star rating Lise H from Sacramento, California


I completely agree with the other reviewer; this was a bucket list for me and except for the sound issues, the show was just awesome. I love Eric Johnson and it was so great to see in and the band on stage. It was a bonus to have Arielle as the opening act as she was really good. The Crest was the perfect venue, there really are no bad seats, in fact, it's often better to be closer to the rear than close to the front in terms of volume and clarity. I, too, would see Eric again, given the chance.

5.0 star rating Skatingskis from Detroit, Michigan


But wow! Most of the time I could close my eyes and it sounded just like my CD’s. Fantastic Set! Fantastic Show!

5.0 star rating Lori from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Last night, my husband and I had the privilege of attending Eric Johnson's concert, and it was nothing short of spectacular. Eric's mastery of the guitar was on full display, and it was truly a sight to behold. His fingers danced effortlessly across the fretboard, leaving us in awe. One of the most remarkable aspects of Eric's performance was his undeniable passion for both his audience and his craft. It was evident that he poured his heart and soul into every note he played, and that genuine love for music and connection with his fans shone through with every song. Throughout the evening, Eric treated us to a diverse repertoire that showcased his versatility as a guitarist! It was a night filled with music that touched the soul. His band members were equally exceptional. Their synergy on stage was remarkable, and they complemented Eric's virtuosity with their own musical prowess. The evening will be etched in our memories forever! Thank you!!

4.0 star rating Lou H from Wheatland, California


Great show put on by an amazing musical talent, Mr. Eric Johnson. Opening the show though was a young lady by the name of Arielle who has talent herself. A powerful singing voice and no slouch on the guitar either, she performed several songs and also joined Eric later on in his performance. I would see either again. Our seats were at the highest level yet the small size of the stage and the closeness made any seat in the house a good seat. On the not so good side was the number of technical issues on stage with switches that didn't work (Eric handled all problems with humor and is a true professional) and the board operators inability to get the vocal mics high enough to hear much of the time. The sound quality while good was loud at times and the bass super overpowering at times. Even with that it was a performance I enjoyed positively and definitely will see him again when/if he comes back to Sacramento. Same goes for Arielle.

4.0 star rating Mike M from Fort Lauderdale, Florida


The guitar playing was great, but the sound was awful. The bass was way too loud and drowned out the guitar a good deal of the night. Eric's playing was phenomenal, but he needs a new sound guy. I had seen him several times years earlier, and the sound was always great and mixed well. The sound here was terrible; you couldn't make out any of the vocals and the bass was way too loud.

3.0 star rating Rick Dack from Minneapolis, Minnesota


Eric Johnson and band were fine. My biggest issue was how poorly the sound was handled throughout the show. After the first or second song the sound was fine so leave it alone. For some reason the sound guy kept tweaking with the sound cranking Up the Volume making everything muddled and muffled. I'd rather hear less volume and a good mix hearing vocals clearly than having loud volume with everything muffled. Throughout most of the first set and some of the second set you could barely distinguish any vocals at all. Being a three- piece you would think you would be able to hear Eric Johnson guitar screaming through the speakers but even that was muffled and sometimes it was hard to discern while he was playing. Good grief Eric Johnson isn't even going up against a rhythm player when he's playing lead.

3.0 star rating Dan Jansen from Champaign, IL


Eric did what he does best - play a Fender Stratocaster to within an inch of its life - and that's what people paid to see. He and his bass player are just too loud for the room and the PA couldn't keep up. You couldn't hear any of the vocals, and because the guitar and bass were so loud they couldn't be put through the PA. All you heard was the sound of Eric's guitar reflecting off the walls of the theater which makes it turn into sonic mush. When Eric played piano or acoustic guitar - instruments which aren't amplified like electric guitars - the sound became instantly more recognizable. Eric needs spend some time designing a guitar rig that's 25 percent of his regular rig but sounds the way he likes it. His stage volume ruins what is some of the best and most interesting guitar playing in the world. Being critical of one of my guitar heroes is hard but I will never go to another one of his shows in a small room like the Castle again.


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